Tri-Counties Genealogy &
History by Joyce M. Tice
1885 Seven Counties History
- Bradford County PA
“HISTORY OF SEVEN COUNTIES presented by the Elmira Weekly
Gazette". It is an “Outline History of Tioga and Bradford Counties in Pennsylvania,
Chemung, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins and Schuyler in New York by TOWNSHIPS,
VILLAGES, BORO’S AND CITIES.” Written expressly for the Gazette Company,
Elmira, N. Y. Copyright 1885.From AN OUTLINE HISTORY
Counties in Pennsylvania, Chemung,
Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins and Schuyler in New York by TOWNSHIPS, VILLAGES,
BORO'S AND CITIES"
The township of Asylum was formed in 1814,
taken from Wyalusing. The French refugees gave it the name in 1793,
who purchased large tracts of land in Bradford, Lycoming, Luzerne and Sullivan
counties. It is bounded on the north and east by the Susquehanna
river, on the south by Terry and Albany, on the west by Monroe and Towanda.
The early settlers were French refugees; among them were Omer Talon, a
banker of Paris, M. D. Blacons, M. D. Montule, M. Beaulieu, Dr. Bazzard,
of San Domingo, M. Dupetit-Thouars, in all about forty families, who erected
a village named Asylum. They remained in the country until about
the year 1800, when a large portion of them returned to France.
In 1795, Louis Phillipe afterwards King of
France, and Tallyrand visited Asylum.
The early permanent settlers were Stephen
Durell,, Benjamin Ackla, Richard Benjamin, Amos Bennett, Dea. Ruben Wells,
John Shaw, Ezra Shaw, Samuel Gilbert, Charles Homet, Anthony Vanderpool,
Isaac Wheeler, Nicholas Johnson, Richard Wheeler, Ambrose Vincent, Henry
Cornelius, Samuel Seeley, Samuel Chilson, Jehiel Chilson, Joel Chilson,
Robert Chilson, George Chilson, Anson Chilson, William Chilson, Nathan
Bailey, Harry Elsworth, John Stringer, Joseph H. Ellis, Solomon Cole, Phillip
Fox, Elisha Cole, Abisha Cole, John Cole, Moses Warford, Benjamin Coolbaugh,
S. Holden, Jabez Sill, Charles Townley, Richard Tonley, Robert Alexander,
R. Cooley, Benajah Stone.
--Solomon Cole was the first settler at Macedonia,
in Asylum township.
--Stephen Durell, Isaac Wheeler, henry Cornelius,
Samuel Seeley, Solomon Cole, Jabez Sill,
Amos Bennett were pioneer settlers
in Asylum township and soldiers in the revolutionary war.
--Stephen Durell built a saw mill in 1792
in Asylum township.
--Samuel Seeley, an early settler and a revolutionary
soldier, died in 1840, aged 88 years.
--A log school house was erected in Asylum
in 1798. The first teacher was William McCarty.
--Isaac Wheeler, an early settler at Asylum,
was a drummer boy in the revolutionary war. He
drew a pension.
--Anthony Vanderpool came to Asylum in 1790,
he died in 1838, aged 99 years. President Martin
VanBuren married his niece.
--Charles Homet, an early settler emigrated
from France in January, 1793, and settled in Asylum in
1796. he died December 29, 1838, aged 70 years.
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